Ice and hard pack snow at the edge of the track at Baranof Park. Jennifer Canfield photo
The Kodiak High School track and field team- along with their coach and members of the community- has put in numerous hours clearing the Baranof Park quarter-mile track. Near record snowfall combined with rain and freezing temperatures covered the track with solid ice ranging from six to 12 inches thick. Kodiak Rentals donated the use of a specially-equipped jackhammer that has made the herculean task more manageable. KMXT’s Jennifer Canfield visited with Coach Marcus Dunbar on Friday. He talked about the efforts that have gone into the most difficult track cleanup he can recall.
The team and volunteers are working diligently to clear the entire track for this weekend’s meet with visiting Palmer. As of last night about two-thirds of the track had been completely cleared with standing water and sheet ice in some areas.